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I'm setting up a home entertainment computer that will be taking in video input via cable and displaying recorded tv, DVDs, live tv, as well as playing music and movies via HDMI to a TV. What Media Center solutions exist for Ubuntu?

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Here is some of my preferred apps.

1) VLC - install

I included this app because you can use it to manage your audio and it can play almost every video formats out there. It is light on the system, simple, and has so many features (see this for example).

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2) Enna - install

Enna is beatyful. It shows the weather and besides audio, photo and video, it supports bookstore.

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3) XBMC - install`

It is easy to use, support audio, pictures, video, and is "skinnable". See Aeon skin next.

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4) Boxee - To install you will have to sign up
It is not so eye candy, but it is functional, support TV shows and has some Premium payable features.

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5) Miro - install

Support for download from torrent and youtube.

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6) Freevo - install

Support for music, photos, videos and games.

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7) MythTv - install

Can record videos for you.

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8) LinuxMCE - To install you will have to download a binary package

It has others features like controls over your home lights, doors, security, etc.

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As Aenima99x stated, XMBC which is a complete home theater solution with great themes, plugins, massive media capabilites, and overall looks great in your living room.

Another great suggestion is Boxee which can be installed on top of Ubuntu similar to XMBC. Boxee is less configurable than XMBC, but offers great plugins with a fantastic beginning layout, and is a bit more simple to work with.

Lastly, if you don't need a pretty UI for your movies, you can just install Ubuntu as normal and use the Medibuntu Repository to handle all of your media needs. This won't give you a nice skin like the previous two options, in fact it will be just like having a normal computer as a media center, but it contains a lot of great tools for that setup.

Also feel free to use any combination of the above suggestions, and play around with different setups. The links I provided are all great places to get started.

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XBMC - check it out

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Could you add a little more information other than a link – Marco Ceppi Apr 25 '11 at 16:42
While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. – stephenmyall Aug 17 '12 at 21:13

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